Yesterday we celebrated the 40th anniversary of Earth Day! As we wrapped our day of fun volunteer work at the EDAY40 event in Times Square (check out some footage on tarte TV to the right of this page) we couldn’t help but pat ourselves on the back. Not only was this a job well done, but it marked another year that we were committed to making our planet a better place. When I came back to the office, I immediately began reading your blog comments on my EcoPure post. Kudos to all of you! Your efforts, both big and small, help make our planet greener.

So what’s next? Today marks the first day of the next 365 on our road to Earth Day 2011. Over the next year will you change your routine to make it a little more green?  After all, going eco has become quite easy. I’ve put together a simple list of easy changes anyone can make; I hope to push you over the eco-edge!

  • Say “NO” to plastic! Plastic bags are everywhere, especially our landfills. Opt for a reusable, natural bag choice when you’re shopping for anything. If you don’t have one handy, still say no. Every morning when I’m grabbing my coffee on the way into the office the cashier tries to put it in a bag, I always say “No thanks, I can carry it.” For the first step, this is pretty easy & it makes a difference (520 bags I didn’t contribute to landfills this year)!
  • Switch to CFL energy efficient light bulbs. If you can’t afford to replace them all right away, replace a few & as some burn out continue your change. When it comes to any household appliance replacement, it’s best to consider energy efficient models.
  • Go solar! All the various technology trinkets we’ve become so reliant on have compatible solar chargers: power-up with the sun.
  • Pick natural options. Your everyday routine most likely goes through a lot of products that are packed with  toxins like parabens. Opt for natural makeup like tarte, organic shampoos and conditioners & other paraben free skincare items.

For more tips and ideas please read all the great comments from our readers. Remember, be good to your Mother (Earth)!

xo,

Kristin